Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has returned to action just two months after undergoing back surgery.
Higuain played an hour for the reserves and manager Jose Mourinho said the Argentine would be back in the first team very soon.
Higuain, 23, has not played since late November due to back problems and the initial diagnosis was that he would be out for the rest of the season following surgery in January.
However, the Argentine international, top-scorer for Real last season with 27 league goals, has returned sooner than expected and is set to be fully fit for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on April 20th.
"He (Higuain) played for the first time in a match with Real Madrid Castilla (the reserve team)," Mourinho said.
"He managed 60 minutes, with 30 minutes in each half. He is not at 100 per cent but is on his way.
"I don't know if he will be back against Sporting (Gijon) but he will be back soon and it will be a welcome boost.
"It is important to have him for the remainder of the season."